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June 11, 2015


Beautifying with Begonias

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Cynthia Hayes, a member of the Facilities Grounds Crew, plants colorful Dragon Wing Begonias in a bed outside of Franklin Hall. The Grounds Crew have been extremely busy planting and manicuring the many gardens and beds throughout campus this Summer Semester.  


Holiday Reminder
Due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Saturday this year, Columbus State will observe the holiday on Friday, July 3. Both campuses and all regional learning centers will be closed on July 3 and Saturday, July 4. All offices will be closed and no classes will be held on those two days.


Columbus State is answer to childhood aspiration

Lisa Abraham, food editor at The Columbus Dispatch, had a conversation with a close friend’s daughter years ago, when the child was only 12 years old. At the time, Abraham discouraged her from pursuing a culinary career due to the long hours and hard work involved. But years later, after meeting Columbus State grad and Chicago Chef Curtis Duffy at the college’s Taste the Future, the young lady chose Columbus State over The Culinary Institute of America to start her long-awaited career as a chef.  Read the entire Dispatch article online here.


Noel-Levitz Survey results are in


The results from the recent Noel-Levitz Survey are now available online.  The electronic survey compiled some 3,000 student responses on a range of student satisfaction issues.

“This survey provides a critical voice for the student,” said Dr. Diane Walleser, VP for Enrollment Management and Student Services. “It will help drive our work priorities and will become a valuable benchmarking tool for us. We will re-survey students in two years and use the feedback to see if we are making progress in gap areas. Overall the survey will help us better meet the changing needs of our students.”

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness also expects to receive the results from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, (CCSSE) in late July.


Enrollment Management and Student Services offers Deans’ Forums


Join Enrollment Management and Student Services Deans Martin Maliwesky, Desiree Polk-Bland and Renee Hill at an Open Forum to discuss Re-imagining the Student Experience (RiSE) and the three priorities they are currently working on: recruitment and outreach; creating a student services One-Stop Center; and integrating their processing services. 

Your input is needed to help members of the RiSE team to target and prioritize their efforts.

The forums will be held twice monthly, with the next offerings on Friday, June 19, and Wednesday, July 15, both from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall 110.



Mokie Steiskal to retire

Dr. Thomas Habegger and the Hospitality Management Catering and Event Services class will host a reception in honor of Dr. Mokie Steiskal’s upcoming retirement. The reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, in Eibling Hall 03 and 05. 




Learn to take class attendance with FOCUS

FOCUS, powered by Starfish, has a new version for taking attendance. Here is a two-minute tutorial from Starfish on how to Record Class Attendance under this new format.


Christopher’s opens for the summer

The student-run dining experience called Christopher’s Restaurant will open for lunch service on Thursday, June 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Eibling Hall 05.  The Hospitality Management students will offer various lunch menus through the rest of Summer Semester, and you can check out their offerings each week online here!


Leeman to exhibit in Alabama

Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, will have three paintings exhibited at the Gadsden Art Association’s 57th Annual Exhibition at their museum in Gadsden, Alabama from July 7 through August 22.  



Learn to ‘hit the road’ with Yay Bikes!

Have you wanted to commute by bicycle but weren’t sure how to get started? Jump into training with CoGo Bikes and Yay Bikes! Here’s what they’re offering through the month of June:

  • Work commutes: A Yay Bikes! Ride Buddy will ride with you on your first bicycle commutes. These custom rides are available before or after work, either from/to your home or from/to a pre-determined Park & Pedal location.
  • CoGo rides: It's like lunch and learns, but in the great outdoors! Participate in lunch-hour rides and learn about CoGo Bike Share. A Ride Buddy will bike with you to Downtown destinations like favorite lunch spots or frequent meeting sites.
  • Social/teambuilding rides: Ride with your co-workers after work. A Ride Buddy will customize a ride for you to explore all Downtown Cbus has to offer, or pick your own theme - choose a route and visit bike-friendly businesses and amenities along the way. Plus, it's healthier than a traditional after work happy hour.

Find out more about the Ride Buddy program by emailing or calling (614) 470-4220.




Annual Reviews due in July, August

Full-time employee Annual Reviews are due to Human Resources by Friday, July 31. Part-time employee Annual Reviews are due to Human Resources by Friday, August 28.

All the information you need to complete the Annual Reviews can be found on the Annual Review Webpage. For additional information or assistance, please contact the Human Resources Department at ext. 2408.

Mobile mammography screening offered July 8

The James Care Mammography Mobile Screening program will be on the Columbus Campus Wednesday, July 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 11-S lot directly cross from Nestor Hall. To make an appointment, call The James at (614) 293-4455, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Matrix Monitor online now

The June issue of Matrix Monitor has articles about Managing Stress, Health Risks for Shift Workers, Summertime Safety Measures, and much more.  Check out the issue here!



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Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.